The newly appointed United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to take risks but play as a team ahead of his debut against his former team Cardiff City on Saturday.
The Norwegian manager is a former United player, having played with the Red Devils for a whole eleven years between 1996 and 2007. He netted 91 goals in 235 appearances for the Manchester club.
The former United striker became famous for United after netting the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final in 2001 which helped them win the treble that season.
Solskjaer was chosen as a caretaker manager by United to replace Jose Mourinho who left the club after 2 years and a half in charge.
He says that he wants his set of players to give priority to the team and to try and approach every match with the mentality which most resembles that of Alex Ferguson during his time in Manchester.
“My job is to help the players and make them grasp the opportunity,” he said during an interview this week. “They all want to be part of Man United. It’s down to man management. I had the best manager, to learn how he dealt with people. It’s about communication.
“I’ll sit down and speak to the ones not playing and tell them what I expect of them. There are a set of demands and one of them is to be a team player. I don’t think anyone has been on the bench more than me!
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“You might come on and make an impact. Grab your chance when you get it. They all will get a chance.
“It’s about getting every player to their very best, speaking to them, getting your principles through. No matter what team you’re coaching, they all want to have a picture of how you want to play. These are quality players and it’s easy to get them to express themselves.
“At Man United, you play without fear. I’ve had the best manager for that: go out, express yourselves, take risks. His last game, the 5-5 at West Brom, was almost the perfect end for him. I want the players to be the kids that love to play football and go out in front of the best fans in the world. Good players are easier to coach than bad players.” said the newly appointed manager.
Solskjaer had some of the best times of his careers at United under manager Sir Alex Ferguson and reveals how his old boss was the best guide for his managing career.
“He’s influenced me with everything,” he said. “The way he dealt with people, the way he was the manager of the club, how he kept 25 international players happy and hungry, wanting to improve, but also the staff in and around the place.
“He’s been my mentor. I didn’t understand early on that he’d been my mentor. Ever since my injury in 2003 at least, I was making all the notes on what he did in certain situations. I’ve already been in touch with him because there’s no one better to get advice from.”
Referring to his first match as United manager on Saturday, the Norwegian refused to point out any targets for the rest of the season but only wants to focus on getting his players to adapt to his coaching methods and give their best.
“First game, I think about getting my principles into the boys, get the players to understand how I want them to play and how we want to play as a team and let’s take the results later on,” Solskjaer said.